Reservations and Guest Information
2. Payment of use fees (including catering fees) should be submitted to our campus office at least 30 days in advance of your arrival date.
3. Those opting for catered food service at the Center (preferred) must provide a list of which meals will be needed each day, including lunches to go into the field. It is important to poll the members of your group about any dietary restrictions, food allergies, etc., and let us know ASAP. If your group prefers to prepare their own meals (limited space available), you will need to obtain a special use kitchen permit from the San Bernardino County Public Health Department to use our facilities. Our office can provide the permit application form but this should be done well in advance.
- CSU Desert Studies Consortium campuses and National Park Service affiliated use = $9/person/night
- Other CSU campuses = $11/person/night
- Non-CSU use = $18/person/night
- Facility day-use only fee = $5/person/day
- National Park Service approved commercial use (e.g., film production, etc.) = $35/person/night
For use of the Researcher Residences, the rate structure is:
- CSU Desert Studies Consortium campuses and National Park Service affiliated use = $20/night for the first individual and $9/night for each additional occupant
- Other CSU campuses = $20/night for the first individual and $11/night for each additional occupant
- Non-CSU = $30/night for the first individual and $18/night for each additional occupant
Please note that the fee is set according to the number of spaces originally reserved; refunds for reductions of group size or cancellation are available up to 14 days prior to arrival.
If you will require any special room setups, AV equipment, lab equipment, or other items, please contact the DSC Managers in advance. They can also provide information on the greater region and its resources in advance of, or during your stay.
If the numbers in your group decrease from those originally proposed, you must notify our office within 14 days of arrival. Reduction or refund of fees due to reduced numbers in the group will not be issued within 10 days without the consent of the Director.
Finally, please be sure to copy and disseminate the list of items to bring to the Center to all participants. Please make sure every member of your group is well informed and prepared.
Arriving at the DSC
Conduct and Obligations of Guests
The DSC operates on a “self-housekeeping” basis; guests are required to follow the posted clean up procedures in their dorm rooms before departure and help keep dining and other common use areas clean during their stay, including any kitchen facilities they are permitted to use. This is a requirement. Please include time for clean up when planning your itinerary. Pets are not allowed at the DSC, and University and National Park Service regulations prohibit the possession of firearms. DSC buildings are a no smoking facility, however guests may smoke outdoors, away from the buildings, and use the butt receptacles provided.
The Desert Studies Center is located within the Mojave National Preserve, and encompasses several sensitive habitats, archaeological and historical sites, and a pond and spring containing Mojave Tui Chub, an endangered fish. Therefore, please do no collect any material, plants or animals without prior authorization and do not wade or throw anything into the ponds. The Manager reserves the right to remove any guest from the DSC whose conduct interferes with other guests or conflicts with the goals and purposes of the Desert Studies Center.
If vehicle travel in remote areas is required, proper precautions should be made against mechanical breakdown or getting stuck in mud or sand, and contingencies should be planned if they occur. Caravans should have procedures to ensure that no vehicles get separated from the group. If you have any questions about appropriate safety precautions/procedures, or in the event of illness, injury or other medical emergencies while at the DSC, contact the Manager who will assist you.